We need help with everything! Perhaps you could get copies of a couple of her
proposals so we can use them as them as a guide.
--- David Comley <david_comley@...
> My wife has grant-writing experience with the state of
> New Jersey. She has been quite successful at it. If it
> would help I can consult her for advice...
> --- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:
> > I certainly agree that we have to make it look
> > presentable, but I'm not sure
> > if I expect to ask anyone for an admission fee.
> > Either way, "presentable"
> > costs money.
> > VCF definitely has money-making potential.
> > We could also have some kind of "charter member"
> > system -- people / families
> > / organizations donate X dollars and in exchange we
> > include their name on a
> > plaque or wall or something.
> > We could also contact the largest computer companies
> > and clubs in the
> > region. For example, here in NJ, there is Lucent
> > and Vonage. There's the
> > ACGNJ (which was a TCF sponsor), and there is the
> > IEEE History Center (based
> > at Rutgers) -- they already work with InfoAge but
> > maybe this could get them
> > to do more. Also, colleges like Rutgers
> > Engineering, NJIT, and Stevens
> > Institute might help out.
> > I have no grant writing experience, but I do write
> > non-fiction for a living,
> > so perhaps I'll pick up a copy of "Grant Writing for
> > Dummies" and get
> > started.
> > _____
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> > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Grant writing
> > Hello everyone,
> > The skill that will get the museum off to a great
> > start... is not a logo...
> > not officers... not even great computer collections.
> > The skill we need most
> > is GRANT WRITING! Does anyone have experience
> > writing grant requests? Has
> > anyone had success in obtaining a grant - from
> > anywhere?
> > We need to identify potiential donor organizations
> > and learn how to convince
> > them that they want to GIVE US MONEY! Over the next
> > couple of years we're
> > going to need (my SWAG estimate) $20,000+ in cash
> > and materials.
> > Some of the stuff we need:
> > 1 - display cases (glass covered book cases and
> > closed retail display
> > counters).
> > 2 - building materials (2x4's, plywood, paint, etc.)
> > to construct larger
> > displays plus railings to keep visitors out of the
> > open display areas.
> > 3 - "tall cubical walls" to create room-dividers to
> > separate display areas
> > and to hold "words amd pictures" displays like time
> > lines, etc.
> > 4 - tables and other stuff to create interactive
> > exhibits.
> > Note that none of this is computers or artifacts -
> > the actual stuff to
> > exhibit. When we get our building it will be like
> > moving into a NEW HOUSE,
> > there will be no furniture or any place to put a
> > computer other than the
> > floor. We need to assume that we will need to obtain
> > AND PAY FOR everything.
> > If we use this as our working assumption, we will
> > not be disappointed by
> > whatever we might get from InfoAge. Our planning
> > must assume that we are
> > starting from ZERO and that we need to provide
> > everything from the walls in.
> > This means that we need to get in a position where
> > we can start raising
> > funds
> > - and a cookie sale is not going to cut it.
> > I just spoke with Fred Carl the director of InfoAge
> > and beyond the building
> > and the existing collection, he has very little to
> > offer us. The antique
> > radio club has been able to obtain some display
> > cases "from businesses in
> > the
> > area". I'm not sure what that means exactly but I
> > assume it means old office
> > furniture that was being discarded.
> > Also, the display furniture can not look like shit.
> > If we expect people to
> > pay money to see our exhibits, the place must look
> > professional. If the
> > displays look like junk, then the school kids will
> > treat it like junk. All
> > dislays must be durable and look good.
> > Any ideas?
> > Jim
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